The government of Iran has imprisoned Atena Daemi for four years now. What did she do? The government says she's guilty of "assembly and collusion against national security," "propaganda against the state," "insulting the Supreme Leader and the sacred," and "concealing crime evidence." OK, so you recognize these as bullshit charges governments come up with when they know they could never rule without fear, so what did she really do? Put social protest songs on her cellphone, make jokes about the Ayatollah on Facebook, express her opposition to the death penalty, and fail to provide a social media password for another friend who's also now in jail. So in the Bizarro World that is Iran, that means six months of detainment followed by a 15-minute trial followed by seven years of prison! What time is it? Time for the Big Stick of Bad PR! Hence Amnesty International helps you tell the government of Iran to free Ms. Daemi.
Meanwhile, you've heard all about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Turkey? The one the Saudis have told a lot of stories about? Well, now's a good time to recall that Saudi Arabia has been leading a war against Yemen which has put over 13 million good Yemeni on the brink of starvation and helped enable al-Qaeda, and that our government has given weapons and logistical support to this effort. Don't protest that we don't have enough allies in the Middle East, not unless you're ready to honestly account for how all our other allies (the Shah, Mubarak, Assad, Netanyahu, Hussein) have acted and where that's gotten us. We must stop treating the world's citizens as obstacles to stealing their resources -- and we must also stop treating dictatorial regimes as vehicles with which we can steal those resources more easily. Hence Stop the War helps you tell your Congressfolk to end our involvement in the Saudi/UAE war on Yemen.